Re: Need some advice
Adkjoe, welcome to the forum.
The 8 weight would be a good choice for throwing large poppers or deer hair bass bugs for largemouth, and weighted clousers and crayfish imitations for smallmouth bass, large streamers for pike--- and if you ever decide to travel a bit to saltwater, it's a good choice for striped bass up north, as well as all kinds of stuff if you head south to Florida or the the tropics. Also a little closer to home, it's a good choice for steelhead and landlocks that run up streams that dump into Lake Champlain starting in late September- October--- On the NY side that would mostly be the Saranac, Ausable, and Boquet Rivers and on the Vt side the Winnoski and Lamoille watersheds. You're also close enough to do some driving foir weekend trips to Great Lakes tribs for steelhead (October- March), salmon (mid September- October) and ginormous lake-run Brown trout (October) and the 8 would be perfect for them too.
The 4 weight is a good rod weight for the batten Kill and other trout streams--- there might be times you'd want something with a little more oomph like a 9' 5 weight, but it's perfect for going off the beaten path and exploring the many wild brook trout streams, as well as some of the other better known trout streams near you (Mettawee, Poultney, Hoosic etc).
Again welcome to the forum--- looking forward to your posts.